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Tuesday, May 09, 2006

I'll take 'F-You' for 100, Bill

On second thought, Mr. Frist, I think I'll pass.

If you happen to be a Saturday Night Live fan, you probably caught the brilliant skit last weekend where Senate Majority Leader 'Bill Frist (R-TN)', (played by the much better looking and more charasmatic Tom Hanks) attempted to improve on his $100 gas bribe by adding $20, tickets to Busch Gardens and a Wonder Mop (with two replacement heads).

Thankfully, the Frist proposal to sell off the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and what's left of the Senate's credibility for 100 bucks fell flat, as everyone but Senator Frist realized two tanks of gas was not enough to buy off reasonable people. Or even unreasonable ones, apparently. He got more laughs with that proposal than 'The Daily Show'.

Not to be dissuaded, Frist and his pitiful 'gang of 55' have jumped the shark again, this time with the Republican Tax Plan.

Ummm... make that 54.

"The point is the preponderance of these revenues will go to upper-income people, people who make a million dollars or more," Sen. Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine) said today. "It's a question of priorities."

Senator Snowe, I hope I understand your priorities. If so, I hope it translates to your vote. And if it does, call your friends and explain it to them.

Hey, maybe the Republican Congress is planning a TV series for C-SPAN, where they screw Americans daily M-F (consult your local listings). I suspect it will be cancelled in November.

Here's what the Republican Tax Plan will do for you:

Middle-income households would receive an average tax cut of just $20 from the agreement, according to the joint Brooking Institution-Urban Institute Tax Policy Center, while the 0.2 percent of households with incomes over $1 million would get average tax cuts of $42,000.

After all, that's almost a half tank of gas, and that's not nothing. On second thought...
$20 Senator Frist? I think I'll keep my soul.

Read more about how YOU can get your whopping $20 tax cut courtesy of the Republican congress,and what one Democratic Senator has to say about it. The Democratic Daily, as usual, has a great post with links.

Of course, there are still some in the Senate who haven't sucumbed to this insult to Americans that the Republican 'leadership' is calling a tax plan.

They're called Democrats.

As expected, Senator John Kerry (D-MA) is speaking out against this horror of a bill.

From Senator Kerry:

This tax deal is a raw deal for our children, our future and 99 percent of American
The Alternative Minimum Tax will hit 23 million hardworking families next year because
they were too busy giving the retiring executive of Exxon a $42,000-plus tax break and capitol gains cuts for his stock sales.
This deal continues to throw billions at oil companies that even the President told
Congress they don't need. It's the right thing to do to repeal these exorbitant giveaways for the oil industry and save American taxpayers well over $28 billion, but this Congress refuses to do it.
Americans are working harder and harder and keeping less of their money. We should be
giving tax cuts to those families – not millionaires and oil companies.”

Nice work, Senator Kerry.

Stay tuned.

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